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Thanks to the ongoing efforts of our “COVID-19 Synagogue Re-entry Working Group” (a dedicated and capable team comprising synagogue leadership and congregants with a range of relevant expertise, including health, engineering, legal, finance, ritual, and synagogue operations), we’ve implemented outdoor and indoor minyanim that are organized in a manner that is in compliance with State and City regulations and guidelines and create an environment that is as safe as practicable.   In addition to following the data and developments, the Working Group takes into account our own unique considerations (structural and cultural).  Your safety, as well as the safety of our community and staff, is our primary concern in our cautious return to services.


Socially-distanced minyanim inside our Sanctuary and outdoors led by Rabbi Ira Rohde by Rev. Z. Edinger

Minyan is by registration only - you must be approved and will be informed prior to the service.

Weekday Services: Minha/Arbit on Sundays through Thursdays and Shahrit services on Mondays and Thursdays, are taking place outdoors on our spacious and breezy Paved Paradise (adjaceing to the Synagouge at 2 West 70th St.) or on the Central Park West Portico (which has been reinforced with safety measures and increased ventilation). Morning services are now held inside the Sanctuary when Torah is read (on Mondays, Thursdays, and Special Days) and on other weekday mornings, when possible. 

Shabbat Services: Friday evening and saturday morning and afternoon services are all offerred indoors in our Main Sanctuary where we have implemented strict social distancing measures, sanitizing, and air filtration. Shabbat morning services are also offered outdoors on Paved Paradise, subject to the weather. 

To request a spot at any of our services, please complete this Minyan Interest Form. Weekday minyan requests must be submitted by 4pm the day before the service you would like to attend, and Shabbat requests by Thursday night. 


Before Signing up, please be aware:

While working diligently to provide a safe environment, we can only ensure a “safer” environment, not a 100% safe one. No congregant is required to attend. Any congregant who wishes to participate will a) be asked to self-identify as meeting the criteria; b) may be subject to screening upon arrival; c) acknowledges and accepts the risks of attending the minyan; and d) will be waiving any possible claim of any kind against the Synagogue or any of its agents. Those who are in the at-risk categories as described by the CDC and DOH, especially our older worshippers (above age 65), are asked to consult with their physician before completing this form or seeking to attend or attending.  If you have been feeling unwell or have any symptoms associated with COVID-19, or have reason to believe that you are at risk of recent exposure to COVID-19, please do not attend. 


In consultation with our medical experts, engineers and architects, we conducted an engineering study of the portico and Sanctuary, and implemented their recommendations for increasing ventilation and ensuring proper social distancing.  Specifically, air filtration devices, specialized ceiling and floor fans have been strategically installed to significantly increase airflow, in addition to daily cleaning of all surfaces before services, social distancing, and mandatory use of face masks/coverings.   


Signing Up

We have a limited number of spots at each of our socially-distanced venues. If you are interested in attending, you must complete the forms linked above. PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF THE DEADLINES. Indicating a desire or intent to attend a minyan by submitting this form does not guarantee a place. You will be notified by email prior to the minyan if you are approved to attend.  Only those who have been approved in advance will be permitted to attend.  Furthermore, we reserve the right to ask anyone not to enter, or to leave the service, for any reason, including if we believe that there is a chance they are ill or that their presence may pose a risk to anyone. 

If after you are approved, you begin to feel unwell or are not able to attend, please let us know right away so we can invite someone else and ensure there is a minyan.

We also ask that if you do attend CSI's minyan, in order to limit exposure and for the purpose of simpifying potential contact tracing, you avoid attending other minyanim. 

Members of the same family are required to sign up individually. Well-behaved children below bar mitzvah age are welcome, except at our Portico minyan which has limited capacity. Please submit one form per person. 


What to Expect If You Are Approved

If approved, you will receive an email prior to the minyan advising you that you have been approved and reminding you of the logistics in advance of the minyan.

NEW: Please be sure to wear a well-fitted multi-layered face mask (or double mask) covering both mouth and nose.  In view of the circulation of COVID-19 variants that have been shown to be more easily transmitted from one person to another, our COVID-19 Working Group believes that it is safer to wear a second mask.  We encourage all attendees to wear a second mask with a cloth, fabric, or surgical mask.  Masks with exhalation vents are not permitted.

  • You will be asked to arrive 5-10 minutes before the official start of the service in order for us to manage an orderly check-in.  It is very important that you arrive on time. 

  • Upon arrival, you will be required to be checked in with a staff member or volunteer.

  • You may also be screened by one of our staff or volunteers.  

  • You will need to wear a valveless face mask/covering (a shield is not sufficient, although may be worn in addition to a mask) and adhere to strict social distancing. 

  • Hand sanitizer available but we encourage you to bring your own.

  • In order to limit our time together, the service will be abridged and will be limited in singing.  When minyan is over, please maintain social distance and do not linger. We know how much everyone has missed socializing, but unfortunately it is still not safe to do so.

  • You will be required to notify Shearith Israel if after the service you become ill so we may comply with contact tracing requirements and reach out to others who attended.

  • You are expected to comply with these rules; violators of these rules will be asked to leave, and may forfeit their ability to attend future services.


We are hopeful that adherence to these rules minimizes the risks of gathering for minyan and will enable our prayer services to continue. 


We look forward to praying with you.



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